Dogs Now Have Their Own Instagram Pop-up Because Humans Can't Have All the Fun

Travel and Leisure - 5 hours 11 min ago
<p>Move over, <a href="" target="_blank">puppy cafés</a>. A new trend in indulging in adorable, fuzzy pooches has arrived.</p><p>As much as we love Instagram-friendly pop-ups like <a href="" target="_blank">The Color Factory</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">The Rosé Mansion</a>, they're missing one element that makes pretty much anything instantly amazing: dogs.</p><p>Luckily, pups are finally getting their time in the spotlight with a brand new pop-up museum in New York City called <a href="" target="_blank">Human’s Best Friend</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Gothamist</a></em>, Human’s Best Friend, located in the West Village, is offering dog owners and the dog-obsessed the opportunity to immerse themselves in a fun, interactive, and totally Instagram-friendly experience with their four-legged friends.</p><img alt="Human's Best Friend puppy pop-up in New York "src=""><p>The exhibit features eight themed rooms with 20 photo-ops spread throughout. Room themes include "Lady and the Tramp," as well as a fun toy pit, a bone yard, and a water bowl room. Pet supply company Petmate donated over 10,000 balls to the exhibit, according to <em>Gothamist</em>, and there are tons of events, giveaways (like free BarkBoxes), and treats involved.</p><img alt="Toys at the Human's Best Friend dog popup event "src=""><p>The best part? It’s a fun, off-leash activity that you can bring your dog to. According to the exhibit website, as long as your dog is physically and emotionally fit to happily play and experience the space (even with other dogs and people present), then they are welcome to come along.</p><img alt="Dog and polka dots "src=""><p>But if you don’t have a dog, that’s OK too. The exhibit is working with 12 local animal rescues so you can play with adoptable dogs in the space. Second Chance Rescue, Bideawee, Badass Brooklyn Rescues, and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC are just some of the participants. And yes, if you happen to find a best friend along the way, you are encouraged to adopt them – after all, that’s what Human’s Best Friend’s co-creator, Brian Tovar, created the exhibit for.</p><p>“So many dogs need our help,” he told <em>Gothamist</em>. “And then [it's about] having a space where human and best friend can enhance their bonds in an Instagrammable environment.”</p><p>Tickets are $29 for one human and $39 for one human plus their furry best friend. At the moment, the exhibit is only planned be open until Nov. 12, but Tovar mentioned they hope to extend their stay through the holidays.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Human’s Best Friend website</a>.</p>
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The Royal Family’s Astrological Signs Are Eerily Accurate

Travel and Leisure - 9 hours 7 min ago
<p>At this point, you may think you’re a royal family expert. Between <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan and Harry’s wedding</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">William and Kate’s children</a> grabbing all the headlines, the family certainly seems to be everywhere. But, did you know that the Queen and Prince Charles are doomed to never get along? It’s true because it’s written in the stars.* Here’s what else we know about the royal family’s zodiac signs via <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>Queen Elizabeth: Taurus (and <a href="" target="_blank">Year of the Tiger</a>)</h2><p>Born on April 21, 1926, the Queen just barely falls into the Taurus category, which begins on April 20. She truly couldn’t be more representative of her star sign, though.</p><p>“Smart, ambitious, and trustworthy, Taurus is the anchor of the Zodiac,” <a href="" target="_blank"></a> explained. “Amazing friends, colleagues, and partners, Taureans value honesty above all else and are proud that their personal relationships tend to be drama free.” Her only potential downside is that Taurus is typically known for being “stubborn,” which is probably why nobody in the royal family is <a href="" target="_blank">allowed to eat garlic</a>.</p><h2>Prince Charles: Scorpio (and <a href="" target="_blank">Year of the Rat</a>)</h2><p>Born November 14, 1948, Charles falls firmly in the Scorpio category. And, like his mother, he perfectly fits the bill.</p><p>“Passionate, independent, and unafraid to blaze their own trail no matter what others think, Scorpios make a statement wherever they go,” <a href="" target="_blank"></a> said. “They love debates, aren't afraid of controversy, and won't back down from a debate. They also hate people who aren't genuine, and are all about being authentic—even if authentic isn't pretty.”</p><h2>Prince William: Cancer (and <a href="" target="_blank">Year of the Dog</a>)</h2><p>On June 21, 1982, Prince William entered the world, making him a Cancer. If you’re a member of the royal family you may not want to try to sneak anything by him because Cancers are reportedly psychic.</p><p>“Most Cancers have been called psychic at some point, and with good reason—Cancer can often intuit relationships, ideas, and motivations before anyone has actually spoken,” <a href="" target="_blank"></a> wrote. “That can make for challenging interactions with this sign—Cancer hates small talk, especially when it contains white lies (like saying, ‘How nice to see you!’ when it's clear that both parties would rather avoid each other). That's why social gatherings can be overwhelming for Cancers. They'd much rather spend time in small groups where everyone is on the same page.”</p><h2>Kate Middleton: Capricorn (and <a href="" target="_blank">Year of the Dog</a>)</h2><p>Kate Middleton was born on January 9, 1982, meaning she’s a Capricorn through and through.</p><p>“Smart, hardworking, and fully in control of their destiny, a Capricorn will <em>always</em> get what they set their mind to, in both personal and professional life—no excuses,” <a href="" target="_blank"></a> said, which makes sense for a smarty pants like Kate, who <a href="" target="_blank">graduated school with honors</a>. “Capricorns may get a reputation as stubborn, but they simply know what they want, and also know how they wish other people would behave.”</p><h2>Prince Harry: Virgo (and <a href="" target="_blank">Year of the Rat</a>)</h2><p>On September 15, 1984, Prince Harry joined the royal family. And that means he came in on the tail end of the Virgo sign. Though, at least from the outside, he looks to fit the sign quite nicely.</p><p>“Smart, sophisticated, and kind, Virgo gets the job done without complaining. Virgos are amazing friends, always there to lend a hand and also lend advice,” <a href="" target="_blank"></a> said, rather perfectly explaining the <a href="" target="_blank">charity-loving Harry</a>. “Practical Virgos are incredibly adept at big picture thinking, and planning out their life, their vacations, and what they're going to do today isn't a drag it makes them feel in control and secure.”</p><h2>Meghan Markle: Leo (and <a href="" target="_blank">Year of the Rooster</a>)</h2><p>Meghan, the newest member of the royal family, was born on August 4, 1981, making her a Leo.</p><p>“Bold, intelligent, warm, and courageous, fire sign Leo is a natural leader of the Zodiac, ready to blaze a trail, vanquish injustice, and make a name for themselves along the way,” said, nearly perfectly explaining Meghan’s place as the <a href="" target="_blank">change maker of the monarchy</a>. “Blessed with high self-esteem, Lions know that they possess enviable traits—and they're proud of them. They don't believe in false modesty and will be the first to praise themselves for a job well done. But Leo isn't self-aggrandizing or unwilling to roll up those sleeves and do the work: this sign knows that in order to be respected and admired, he or she needs to put in the effort worthy of a leader.”</p><p><em>*OK, so they probably aren’t doomed, they are mother and son after all. </em></p>
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This New Booking Tool Makes it Easy to Take Back-to-back Cruises

Travel and Leisure - 10 hours 7 min ago
<p>Cruises can be a great way to see multiple countries in one journey, but sometimes travelers may find themselves wanting to take only a portion of the trip or combine the cruise with another to continue seeing even more locales.</p><p>While travelers have long had the option to book one-way itineraries or back-to-back cruises, planning these itineraries can often be difficult and time consuming when trying to fit specific stops into the trip.</p><p>That’s where <a href="" target="_blank">CruiseWire</a> comes in. The online travel agency has launched the world’s first cruise booking website dedicated to providing one-way cruise itineraries.</p><p>Through the platform’s <a href="" target="_blank">Back to Back Cruise Search</a> tool, travelers can easily put together the cruise of their dream by inputting the destinations they’re interested in and the dates of their journey to see which cruise lines have offerings matching their interests. </p><p>Searches can include details like the cruise line of interest, the year the ship was built, the number of layover days on the journey, and whether the ship includes amenities like a water slide. </p><p>Travelers can get even more detailed with the platform's <a href="" target="_blank">Custom World Cruise Search</a> feature, which searches cruises based on the specific cities (as opposed to searching the entire destination) of interest, creating customized itineraries that hit each of the requested stops. </p><p>In addition to its search features, CruiseWire also has a variety of recommended itineraries that range from trips in Alaska and Asia to journeys in the <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Mediterranean</a>, Hawaii, and Northern Europe. Those looking for a longer excursion can also check out the company's recommended <a href="" target="_blank">world cruises</a>, which stop at countries across the globe over a period of 90 to 110 days. </p><p>CruiseWire currently offers over 25,000 different cruises that sail to 121 countries with 11 cruise lines. These include Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International.</p>
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How to Get the Perks of the New iPhone Camera on Your Current Phone

Travel and Leisure - 10 hours 53 min ago
<p>Just a few days ago, Apple announced the <a href="" target="_blank">latest generation of iPhones</a>: The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR</a>. While each one is cool and comes with some new, unique perks, there’s one thing we were most excited to hear about: How good is the new camera?</p><p>Here’s everything we know about the new iPhone cameras, and how you can get these features without having to shell out <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$749–$1,099 for a new device</a>.</p><h2>Portrait mode is about to get a whole lot better.</h2><p>Last year, when Apple unveiled the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, people were excited to learn about a new feature called “portrait mode.” What it does is mimic the actions of the aperture on a DSLR camera, giving that cool, highly sought after, out-of-focus background that lets the subject shine. It also mimics the black-and-white lighting of a portrait studio. Now, the new iPhones are upgrading portrait mode to give better control to the user.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Business Insider</i></a><i>,</i> the new camera will generate a mask when it detects a person in the frame. That means the phone can now do a significantly better job separating the subject from the background for portrait mode shots.</p><h2>You can now edit RAW images on the go.</h2><p>The bane of every professional photographer’s existence has been the phone’s inability to import RAW images. This meant that any images shot in the field couldn’t be downloaded and edited directly on the phone using apps like <a href="" target="_blank">Lightroom or Snapseed</a>. But now, thanks to the Apple gods, they can.</p><p>If a phone has an A9 chip or later, <i>Business Insider</i> shared, you can edit RAW on both the iPhone or iPad. This, Apple says, makes it "easier than ever" to import photos and videos to your device.</p><h2>The Photos App will now come with suggested edits.</h2><p>For everyone hoping to up their iPhone photography game, the new iPhone Photo App will be a big help.</p><p>In the updated Photo App, users will find several new features, including a “<a href="" target="_blank">For You</a>” tab, where Apple suggests who to share images with based on facial recognition. It also comes with new "Effect Suggestions." This will show users different suggested effects (such as color alterations, lighting, and contour) to enhance their photographs. </p><h2>You don’t need to buy the latest gadget to get most of these upgrades.</h2><p>Yes, the new phones come with all this and more, but as long as you have an iPhone 8 Plus or later, you can simply download the <a href="" target="_blank">iOS 12 update</a> for free and you should be able to access <a href="" target="_blank">most of these upgrades</a>. Plus, iOS 12 comes with other perks, like <a href="" target="_blank">less annoying notifications</a>. After all, you don't need people bothering you from back home while you’re <a href="" target="_blank">busy perfecting your travel photography skills</a>.</p>
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Getting Away for a 3-day Weekend Could Make You Happier Than a Long Vacation

Travel and Leisure - 11 hours 7 min ago
<p>Next time you’re planning a vacation you may want to think small. As in <a href="" target="_blank">three-day weekend</a> small.</p><p>According to Jonathan Alpert, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and well-being expert, taking just one Friday or Monday off of work can do just as much for your mental health as taking off an entire week.</p><p>“Clients often tell me they want to go as far away as possible for as long as possible,” he recently told <a href="" target="_blank">NBC</a>. “But then it takes a day to get to their destination, they run into issues accessing their email in a remote place, and inevitably, they get so stressed planning it, that they aren’t able to truly disconnect.”</p><p>Though past research suggested that eight days is the <a href="" target="_blank">optimal time length for a vacation</a>, that amount of time off a year can be unreasonable for many people. Especially when you consider the average American receives just <a href="" target="_blank">10 paid vacation days a year</a>.</p><p>And, as Alpert additionally explained, using that much time off is akin to trying to “binge sleep” on the weekends to catch up on your rest. This, he said, will do little for your health, just like a long vacation won’t fix all your woes in eight days. Instead, it’s best to opt for several short vacations to help you feel more restored all year long.</p><p>It appears people are already unintentionally heeding this excellent advice. In a 2017 survey by <a href="" target="_blank">Enterprise Rent-A-Car</a>, 85 percent of Americans said they were planning to take a three-day trip in 2018, NBC<i> </i>reported. Almost half of the respondents cited “reducing stress” as to why they wanted a three-day escape.</p><p>Indeed, a three-day vacation can make you feel less stressed because they can be far less stressful to plan, cheaper than a long getaway, easier to execute, and will give you more vacations to look forward to.</p><p>But, where should you go on a three-day journey? Check out our guide to everything <a href="" target="_blank">three-day weekend</a> related, including where to go, where to stay, and what to do to maximize those 72 hours of bliss.</p>
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How to Get Into More Than 1,400 Museums for Free on Saturday

Travel and Leisure - 11 hours 22 min ago
<p>Museums and cultural attractions top many “must see” lists for visitors arriving in a new city, but <a href="" target="_blank">admission fees</a> that can top $25 a person can keep families and thrifty travelers away. <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, however, makes museum-going a budget-friendly activity.</p><p>On Saturday, September 22, more than 1,400 museums, zoos, science centers and other attractions across the country will be waiving admission fees for guests who arrive with a downloaded free ticket.</p><p>“Museum Day allows museums nationwide to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day,” said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media. “For museums that rely on admission fees, the annual event is an opportunity to gain visibility and be a part of something bigger than their museum. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.”</p><p>On Museum Day only one free pass (for you and a guest) will be issued per email address. So choose carefully, buddy up, or (we’ll deny we mentioned it) use more than one email account to make the most of your free museum visits.</p><p>The full list of participating venues can be found <a href="" target="_blank">on <em>Smithsonian's</em> webiste</a>, and includes everything from Seattle’s <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Pop Culture</a> (regular adult admission: $28) and the <a href="" target="_blank">Autry Museum of the American West</a> in Los Angeles (regular adult admission: $14) to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (regular adult admission: $16), the <a href="" target="_blank">Ice House Museum</a> in Cedar Falls, Iowa (regular adult admission: $5 and the <a href="" target="_blank">Lucille Ball Desi Arnez Museum</a> in Jamestown, New York (regular adult admission: $16).</p><p>This year’s Museum Day theme is “Women Making History” and many museums will be highlighting certain exhibits and hosting events that honor women who are or were trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation and culture.</p><p>In New York City, Museum Day falls during the four day Space &amp; Science Festival at the <a href="" target="_blank">Intrepid Sea, Air &amp; Space Museum</a> (regular adult admission: $33, $19 for NYC residents). On September 22, the festival will offer a mixed reality Microsoft HoloLens experience narrated by former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison about the role and contributions (so far) of women in space.</p><p>Also on Saturday, the <a href="" target="_blank">Whaling Museum &amp; Education Center</a> in Cold Spring Harbor, New York (regular adult admission: $6) debuts “Heroines at the Helm,” an exhibit celebrating women who affect change in male-defined work, from 19th-century whaling wives to contemporary female artists.</p><p>“The whaling industry was unquestionably a man's world,” said Nomi Dayan, the museum’s executive director, “The fascinating and diverse experiences of pioneering whaling wives are a little-known but significant aspect of our regional maritime heritage. The courage and endurance of these women are a source of inspiration for social hurdles present today."</p><p>At the <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego Air &amp; Space Museum</a> (regular adult admission: $19.95) the “American Women of Flight,” exhibit honors contributions to the world of aviation by notable aviatrixes such as Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Fran Bera, Sally Ride and many others.</p><p>In Alexandria, Virginia, the <a href="" target="_blank">National Inventors Hall of Fame</a> (regular admission: free) shares the story of women inventors such as Beulah Louise Henry (known as “Lady Edison”), who received a patent for a vacuum-sealed ice cream freezer and American chemist Stephani Kwolek who invented the heart-resistant synthetic Kevlar fiber used in tires and bullet proof vests.</p><p>And at the <a href="" target="_blank">Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame</a> in Hobbs, New Mexico (regular adult admission: $5), visitors can learn about the life of the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court in an exhibit titled “The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O'Connor” (on loan from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas).</p><p>This is the eighth year the Western Heritage Museum is participating in <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine’s Museum Day program and museum curator Erin Anderson has noticed that many visitors who take advantage of free admission on Museum Day are tourists traveling through the area.</p><p>“Participation is free and easy on the part of the institution and the patron,” said Anderson. “How can you go wrong?”</p>
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This Quiet Neighborhood Is Possibly the Most Exciting Restaurant Destination in New York City

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 8 min ago
<p>Something is happening in Greenpoint, a quiet neighborhood at the northernmost tip of <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>.</p><p>It may have started with <a href="" target="_blank">Chez Ma Tante</a> <em>(</em><em>entrées $18-$29)</em>. After a quiet opening in the spring of 2017, the bistro — which draws culinary influences from all over Europe and Canada — started getting serious recognition earlier this year. The restaurant’s neighborhood energy and consistently good food have made it well worth a 20-minute walk from the L train.</p><p>Or perhaps it was <a href="" target="_blank">Norman</a> <em>(small plates $6-$20)</em>, another spring 2017 debut, that kicked it off. The long-awaited all-day restaurant from celebrated Danish restaurateur Claus Meyer and revolutionary Swedish chef <a href="" target="_blank">Fredrik Berselius</a> made its home at <a href="" target="_blank">A/D/O</a>, a massive co-working space on the corner of Norman Avenue and Banker Street, and successfully convinced diners from all boroughs to venture north of Williamsburg.</p><p>Though Greenpoint is adjacent to Williamsburg, the most famously gentrified part of Brooklyn, it has remained comparatively well-preserved. North of McCarren Park and right across the creek from Long Island City, the industrial district — once filled with factories — has limited subway access. Anyone coming from Manhattan would need to transfer lines at least once or commit to a long walk from the station. But with Williamsburg oversaturated with dining options, it seems a new wave of northern Brooklyn eateries has found a home in Greenpoint.</p><p>Whoever started it, one thing is clear: it suddenly feels like every new, notable NYC restaurant has a Greenpoint address. Now, Manhattanites are (for seemingly the first time ever) compelled to trek to this out-of-the-way corner — historically a Polish neighborhood, but with the recent addition of hipsters — in search of the goods. Chez Ma Tante and Norman were only the beginning; in the past year, the neighborhood has become an epicenter of innovative noodles, tacos, cocktails, and more.</p><p>Headed to <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>? Greenpoint is where you want to be eating in right now. Here’s why:</p><img alt="Di an Di, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src=""><h2>Di An Di</h2><p>The hanging plants, blonde wood, and pale pink banquettes might make <a href="" target="_blank">Di An Di</a> the most Instagram-friendly Vietnamese restaurant in New York, but that isn’t why people are flocking to this spot on Greenpoint Avenue. Diners are packing into the loud, artfully-curated space for the six different types of pho on the menu, which are deeply flavorful — and, being neither strictly Hanoi style or Saigon style, unfamiliar to many New Yorkers. The Pho Thìn Hà Nôi is already a fan favorite, with tender brisket, a runny egg yolk, and a generous helping of scallions. <em>Entrées $11-$21.</em></p><h2>Annicka</h2><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s farm brewery license — a mandate that allows local brewers to sell beer by the glass without acquiring a liquor license, when it’s made from locally-grown farm products — is employed gracefully at <a href="" target="_blank">Annicka</a>, a restaurant and bar collaboration from <a href="" target="_blank">Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">North Brooklyn Farms</a>. New York-produced beer, wine, cider, and spirits are poured to pair with seasonal dishes; local produce is prepared by a dream team of one vegan chef, one omnivorous chef, and a butcher. The restaurant just reopened with a wider beverage selection and a new menu, focusing on vegetable bites like roasted cauliflower with harissa brown butter. <em>Small plates $10-$13.</em></p><img alt="Oxomoco, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src=""><h2>Oxomoco</h2><p>For a city that’s known for its food, New York is notoriously lacking in quantity and quality of Mexican restaurants. <a href="" target="_blank">Oxomoco</a> is one step towards changing that. It’s not your basic rice, beans, and cilantro operation, nor is it a place to grab a three dollar taco — but it is delicious. Noted pizza chef Justin Bazdarich is at the helm of a wood-fired grill that makes its mark on tacos, tostadas, meats, seafood and vegetable dishes. A smoked peach margarita, enjoyed on the restaurant’s tropical front patio, is a spectacular way to begin a meal that covers interpretations of dishes from <a href="" target="_blank">all corners of Mexico</a>. Also worth checking out: the new brunch menu, available until 3pm every day of the week, with tons of inventive breakfast burritos, masa pancakes, and bowls, like a horchata chia seed pudding. <em>Entrées $12-$42; brunch $12-$18; cocktails $12-$14.</em></p><img alt="Bernie's, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src=""><h2>Bernie’s</h2><p>The team that brought <a href="" target="_blank">Frankel’s</a>, Greenpoint’s favorite new-school Jewish deli, to life in 2016 has just opened their second project: <a href="" target="_blank">Bernie’s</a>, a buzzy diner on Driggs Avenue. This time, they’ve gone old school, with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and a menu full of comfort food classics like shrimp cocktail, baked clams, and crispy-skinned vinegar chicken. The nostalgia factor and reasonable price point make it a keeper. <em>Entrées $15-$26.</em></p><h2>Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop</h2><p>Paulie Giannone has been luring in-the-know pizza lovers to Greenpoint for the past eight years with his wood-fired pies with thin, doughy crust, and creative topping combinations that have inspired countless imitators. Giannone just opened a second Brooklyn location, <a href="" target="_blank">Paulie Gee's Slice Shop</a> on Franklin Street, where he's serving pizza by the slice for the very first time — enjoy yours in one of the bright orange booths, or take it to go. While the menu is considerably smaller than the <a href="" target="_blank">Greenpoint Avenue restaurant</a>, Mike’s Hot Honey, a sweet and spicy staple topping from the original shop, is thankfully still on offer. <em>Slices $3.50-$4.50; pizzas $22-$30</em><em>.</em></p><img alt="Wanpaku, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York "src=""><h2>Wanpaku and The Hidden Pearl</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Wanpaku</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">ramen bar</a> on Manhattan Avenue, makes an easy-to-love addition to the neighborhood, with an extensive menu that includes Japanese "tapas," seven types of ramen, and a variety of curries. In the back, you’ll find <a href="" target="_blank">The Hidden Pearl</a>, a tropical speakeasy that takes cues from its culinary partner. Drawing inspiration from <a href="" target="_blank">the Japanese island of Okinawa</a>, the 20-seat bar mixes beachy drinks, a nod to the island’s famous white-sand shoreline, making excellent use of Japanese saké and whisky. Check out the section dedicated to highballs, a classic spirit-and-soda preparation that’s popular in Japan. <em>Tapas $4-$12; entrées $12-$20; cocktails $12-$16.</em></p><h2>The Springs</h2><p>Craving even more tropical cocktails? You’ll find another new favorite in <a href="" target="_blank">The Springs</a>, a bar with a colorful backyard featuring a fountain of inflatable pink flamingos. Named for (and modeled after) <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Springs</a>, with its kitschy-meets-mid-century-modern aesthetic, the bar specializes in fruity cocktails and alcoholic slushies. A permanent food truck parked outside slings twists on classic comfort foods, like bit-sized eggplant rolantini and a martini-flavored grilled cheese with vermouth and cocktail onions. A wide selection of beers completes the offerings nicely. <em>Entrées $8-$15; cocktails $13.</em></p>
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Passengers Complain of Nosebleeds, Headaches After Pilots 'Forget' to Regulate Cabin Pressure

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 19 min ago
<p>There are a lot of things we take for granted when we fly. Small changes like air conditioning, or, in particular, cabin pressure can make a huge difference to both passengers and flight crew.</p><p>Unfortunately, one tiny mistake can end up grounding a flight. After pilots on a Jet Airways flight between Mumbai and Jaipur allegedly forgot to flip the switch that normalizes the cabin pressure on the flight, 30 passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeds, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNBC</em> reported</a>.</p><p>All 166 passengers and five crew members landed safely back in Mumbai after being in the air only 45 minutes, but that was enough time for "panic" to set in, according to passenger Darshak Hathi, who tweeted a video of oxygen masks being deployed. </p><p>Hathi told <a href="" target="_blank">South Asia news agency ANI</a> the air conditioning also malfunctioned during the flight.</p><p>Lalit Gupta, deputy director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), confirmed the incident was due to pilots accidentally neglecting to regulate the cabin pressure, according to the <em><a href="">Hindustan Times</a></em>.</p><p>“The 9W 697 Mumbai-Jaipur flight was turned back to Mumbai after take off as, during the climb, crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure. This resulted in the oxygen masks dropping. Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of headache,” said Gupta.</p><p>Some passengers were (understandably) frustrated with the situation.</p><p>All passengers who experienced medical issues were given first aid upon landing.</p><p>Jet Airways said in a statement that the company “regretted the inconvenience” and that the pilots in questions have been taken off the schedule for the time being.</p><p>According to ANI, passengers were able to board a new flight an hour after landing.</p>
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This Passenger Wrapped Herself in Fairy Lights for an In-flight Photo Op — and People Are Angry

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 21 min ago
<p>All travelers know that there is much to be desired when it comes to “mood lighting” on flights—even when you’re flying in business class.</p><p>The solution? Well, for some people, if your plane doesn’t have the right light, you have to bring it yourself.</p><p>That’s exactly what Instagram influencer <a href="" target="_blank">Harimao Lee</a> did when she snapped this photo of herself sitting in business class, draped in a blanket and fairy lights as she gazed out her the window, sipping champagne.</p><p>Sure, it’s quite a length to go to just to stage one photo, but it’s a pretty nice photo to say the least.</p><p>Still, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, Lee’s photo sparked some mild internet “outrage” since people thought the staging was too much. And, as some pointed out, Lee was sitting backward in her seat in order to get a better snap.</p><p>Some even went so far as to claim that fairy lights are prohibited by the TSA, but a simple check on the <a href="" target="_blank">TSA website</a> shows that holiday lights, LED lights, Christmas lights and flashlights are all permitted.</p><p>Lee likes to play with different types of light on her Instagram, the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported, so posing with string lights in interesting locations isn’t exactly new to her. She’s posed with them before, as well as some other unique forms of illumination.</p><p>While some consider the photo to be excessive, others praised the photo for being creative. According to the <em>Daily Mail</em>, some of Lee’s followers called it “lovely” and that they “appreciate how much effort would have gone into a photo like this.”</p><p>Either way, we don’t have enough space in our carry-on for fairy lights because its <a href="">too full of these important items</a>.</p>
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Delta Just Became the Third U.S. Airline to Raise Baggage Fees in Less Than a Month

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 17:31
<p>Delta has become the third U.S. airline to increase checked baggage fees in a matter of weeks.</p><p>It will now cost $30 to check one bag for economy class passengers, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <i>USA Today</i></a>. It previously cost $25. A second checked bag will now cost $40, up from $35.</p><p>The industry-wide fee increases began on August 27 when <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue became the first U.S. airline</a> to charge economy passengers $30 for their first checked bag, an increase from $25. Less than a week later, United began charging the same.</p><p>Discount airlines Spirit and Allegiant already charge $30 for a passenger’s first checked bag.</p><p>American Airlines has so far not increased <a href="">their baggage fees</a>. It costs economy passengers $25 to check their first bag on domestic flights and $35 for a second bag.</p><p>The fee increases are likely due to a recent rise in fuel prices affecting all airlines.</p><p>“Fuel prices are up over 33 percent this year,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes <a href="">explained earlier this month</a>. “You end up having to pass those on. We’re about low fares. We hate increasing fares. But we had a couple of fare increases, and then we made the decision to increase the bag fee to $30 if you don’t buy it in the fare.”</p><p>Southwest remains the only airline in the U.S. that allows passengers to travel with two checked bags for free.</p>
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Matthew McConaughey Spent Two Weeks on This Greek Island and Loved It so Much He Decided to Stay One More

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:30
<p>If you’re looking to do Greece like a local you’d better follow in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey.</p><p>The actor, whose new film “<a href="" target="_blank">White Boy Rick</a>”<i> </i>opened late last week, spent a bit of time in the Greek islands alongside his family and friends this summer in epic fashion.</p><p>While in town, McConaughey stayed on the island of <a href="" target="_blank">Antiparos</a> alongside fellow A-lister Woody Harrelson and his family. He spilled all the vacation details last week while making an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon<i>.</i>”</p><p>“We meet up with the Harrison family in Greece. Now, Woody is the kind of guy that if you rent the place, but he shows up before you get there, he will take the master bedroom,” McConaughey said.</p><p>“We were there three weeks. Paradise. We had freedom—nobody was even taking pictures. The water is amazing. Greece is beautiful, it’s inherently generous, the sea doesn’t bite, the air doesn’t bite, the land doesn’t bite.” McConaughey told Fallon. “People love family. You take the eldest female, which is my mother, and she’s the queen in any situation.”</p><p>In fact, their stay was so good McConaughey revealed the family just couldn’t deal with departing. “We had a great three weeks and decided when it was time to go, we said ‘let’s push this. Let’s do another week.’”</p><p>It’s easy to see why McConaughey and crew would want to stay. After all, the tiny island is the picture-perfect representation of Greece, with its white-washed buildings and 360-degree views of the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, they likely weren’t bothered by any of the locals on their stay, as there are just over 1,200 permanent residents on the island.</p><p>You can plan a trip that’s <em>alright alright alright</em><i>,</i> too (sorry, I had to). Check out <a href="" target="_blank">Travel+Leisure’s guide to island hopping in Greece</a> and book your tickets before everyone else finds out about this slice of paradise.</p>
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You Can Chase the Northern Lights All Day Long on This Excursion in Norway

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:01
<p>On the “cold coasts” of <a href="" target="_blank">Svalbard</a>, an arctic archipelago situated between mainland Norway and the North Pole you will find a rugged landscape of fjords, glaciers, and mountains; more polar bears than people; and <a href="" target="_blank">Polar Nights</a> from mid-November to late January.</p><p>While experiencing no sunlight and an average high of <a href="" target="_blank">6.8 degrees Fahrenheit</a> for two and a half months might sound far from appealing, the area continues to draw people from all over because it is the only inhabited place on Earth where you can see the Northern Lights in the middle of a winter’s day.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know to See the Northern Lights in Norway</a></p><p>In Longyearbyen, the most populated settlement on the Svalbard Islands and the world's northernmost town, the <a href="" target="_blank">winter sun never rises more than six degrees below the horizon</a>. This makes the area even more enticing to travelers, as you optimize your chances of seeing the aurora bourelis — which, let's face it, are elusive and difficult to predict — when the sky is dark. <a href="" target="_blank">Off the Map Travel</a>, a company that tailor-makes luxury trips, is taking advantage of this unique feature by offering an <a href="" target="_blank">All Day Aurora</a> adventure in the Norwegian metropolis and surrounding region.</p><p>“To have the best chance of seeing [the Northern Lights], you need a setting without any light pollution and you will more than double your chances of getting that when the sun never rises above the horizon,” Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>.</p><p>The four-day trip is centered around chasing the Northern Lights, but as you explore the island of Spitsbergen, you will also get to partake in other activities while you look for the auroras, including dog sledding, snowshoeing, riding Snowcats, and exploring ice caves. And at night, you can warm up with champagne and delicious food inside the comforts of a luxury hotel.</p><p>Of course, Off the Map Travel wants you to have the best experience possible, so if some of the activities on the itinerary sound far from appealing, you can work with them to create an experience better suited to your tastes.</p><p>Your adventure need not end with the Northern Lights. When you finish your trip, be sure to explore the rest of what Svalbard has to offer. A burgeoning cultural center, Longyearbyen has an art gallery, arctic museum, and its very own <a href="" target="_blank">brewery</a>, while the Svalbard Islands also lay claim to <a href="" target="_blank">seven national parks</a>.</p><p><em>Prices for the <a href="" target="_blank">All Day Aurora trip</a> start at $1,600; e-mail for more details. </em></p>
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This New App Will Connect You With a Local Expert to Take You Camping, Hiking, Surfing, and More

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:00
<p>With "adventures on demand" as their motto, new app <a href="" target="_blank">Lyfx</a> (pronounced Life-x) wants to be the <a href="" target="_blank">Uber of adventurous experiences</a>.</p><p>Launched in July 2018, the digital platform hopes to connect travelers in the U.S. with local experts on a variety of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, photography, cycling, surfing, and skiing. Sign up for an adventure, and your guide will take you off the beaten path for an intimate tour of the land.</p><p>"Travelers want an adventure that's more personal and unique, something to talk about for years to come, not an ordinary touristy routine," said founder and CEO Pedro McCardell in a release.</p><p>From backpacking in the Cohutta Wilderness, to boating in <a href="" target="_blank">Casco Bay</a> and taking photos of the Milky way in the Bonneville Salt Flats, you can trust your guide to know what she's doing since all the experts have obtained the necessary permits and been vetted by Lyfx.</p><p>Lyfx currently has over 150 adventures available in Colorado and Utah, and by the end of September, it plans to offer at least 50 activities in California. As the team is working to expand their services around the country, they are additionally testing interest in states like Maine, Georgia, and New York.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe></p><p>So how does it work? As soon as you sign up for <a href="" target="_blank">Lyfx</a>, you are prompted to select your top three favorite outdoor activities, such as hiking, running, and cycling. Once you log in, there are several ways you can plan a trip.</p><p><strong>1. Explore Lyfx By Region: </strong>This option is perfect if you already have a state in mind for your next adventure. Select a region (Colorado, Utah, or California for the time being), and you can then browse through all the trips local experts in your preferred activities are offering.</p><p><strong>2. Explore Lyfx By Top 3 Activities:</strong> You can also search for adventures based on the three activities you picked when you signed up for the app. The activities on display here will take you all over the country, from New York and Virginia to Tennessee and Washington.</p><img alt="Lyfx App- Tour Guides "src=""><p><strong>3. Explore Lyfx By Activity:</strong> For anyone looking to pick up a new hobby or try a new experience, this option lets you explore all the activities the app has to offer. Select photography, for instance, and you can then filter your search by region; if you do not have a particular place you would like to visit in mind, you may also browse all the available trips in the U.S.</p><p>When you see an activity you would like to learn more about, click on it to find out all the details, such as the itinerary, the trip's duration, the difficulty level, and the gear you will need to pack. There is also an option to message the guides to request more information.</p><p>For now, certain activities — like sailing, kayaking, and canoeing — are not available, but with adventures being added on a continuous basis, the Lyfx team plans to offer those activities within the coming weeks.</p><p><em>Lyfx is available on the <a href=";ls=1&amp;mt=8" target="_blank">App store</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Google Play</a>.</em></p>
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Cathay Pacific Misspelled Its Own Name on a New Airplane — and Owned Up to It in the Most Hilarious Way

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:13
<p>Have you ever been so anxious you spell your own name wrong?</p><p>Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has, but instead of spelling its name wrong on a simple piece of paper, this misspelling was painted on the side of a brand new multimillion-dollar airplane.</p><p>“Cathay Paciic” the plane read, forgetting the “F” in Pacific. The mistake was noticed by passengers at the Hong Kong International Airport who were quick to call it out on social media.</p><p>Owning up to the mistake, reps for the airline posted photos of the plane on social media. “Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!” they <a href="" target="_blank">wrote on Twitter</a>.</p><p>The airline claimed it was an honest mistake, but others were left wondering how such a huge error could slip by unchecked.</p><p>“The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think,” an engineer from Haeco, a sister company of the airline told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">South China Morning Post</a></em><i>. </i></p><p>Mistake or not, people around the world have their own thoughts.</p><p>However the error happened, it doesn’t change the fact that Cathay Pacific was voted one of the <a href="" target="_blank">Top 10 International Airlines</a> by <em>Travel + Leisure</em><i> </i>readers in the magazine’s <a href="" target="_blank">2018 World’s Best Awards</a>. It might not be able to spell, but it certainly knows how to serve its customers. The airline offers <a href="" target="_blank">restaurant-quality food</a> from Michelin-starred chefs and <a href="" target="_blank">$300 bottles of champagne</a>.</p>
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11 Theme Park Halloween Celebrations That'll Have You Screaming for More

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:01
<p>Forget summer vacation or Christmastime — <a href="" target="_blank">September</a> and October are actually when theme parks explode with festivities. Beloved characters wear too-cute costumes, pumpkins go on parade and rides bring autumnal thrills in the daytime, while pop-up mazes, haunted houses fill the space between theme park attractions at night, offering eerie extravaganzas at special ticketed events or even free with park admission.</p><p>Between the 1,000(!) horrifying creatures unleashed at Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags' power-outage rides and real trick-or-treating at Disneyland, there are plenty of All Hallow’s Eve celebrations to appease your slasher film obsession or candy corn addiction, whichever way you choose to spend the holiday.</p><p>Skip that one night of door-to-door knocking and celebrate the season starting now. From coast to coast, here are the most frightening — and delightfully tame — ways to ring in Halloween throughout the country:</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Halloween Horror Nights</a> at Universal Studios Florida</h2><p>Known for its tie-ins with popular TV and cinematic frights that change annually, elaborate haunted houses and “scare zones” have deemed <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Orlando Resort</a> the front-runner of fears <a href="" target="_blank">for the past 28 years running</a>. “Halloween 4”’s Michael Myers, “Poltergeist,” and a joint “Happy Death Day” and “The First Purge”-themed house are set to be among 2018’s highlights, while the much-anticipated “Stranger Things” haunted house will bring the Netflix favorite’s Upside Down and demonic demogorgons to life. (Eleven’s most-favorite food will be on display as well, with a themed menu offering — what else? — fudge-dipped and sundae-topped Eggo waffles.)</p><p>Held on select nights through early November, HHN28 also offers multi-night tickets for repeat visits, “R.I.P” tours for front-of-line access and special daytime house tours <a href="" target="_blank">for the fear-averse</a>.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Halloween Horror Nights</a> at Universal Studios Hollywood</h2><img alt="Media preview night at Universal Orlando's annual Halloween Horror Nights event "src=""><p>This West Coast companion to Orlando’s shiver-inducing spectacle offers the same level of spooks and die-hard fandom, but with slight thematic variations. In addition to Halloween 4, Poltergeist and Netflix’s Stranger Things mazes (with demogorgon-inspired delicacies for sale as well), Universal Studios Hollywood makes use of its studio tour, twisting the famed backlot into a Terror Tram through nightmarish bedtime stories including cannibals, clowns and “a merciless torture factory”. Additional <a href="" target="_blank">Halloween Horror Nights</a> mazes tied to old-school frights — like Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and other classic Universal baddies — and recent blockbusters “The First Purge,” “Truth or Dare” and “Unfriended” provide extra scares.</p><p>Even better? A variety of daytime and nighttime tickets, “frequent fear” passes and R.I.P tours are available on event nights through November 3, whether you’re deeply committed to being spooked or just want to swing by after work.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Mickey’s Halloween Party</a> at Disneyland</h2><p>See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and the gang in their festive best, meet Disney villains up close and hear the Cadaver Dans harmonize as both kids and adults join in on the fun, donning costumes and trick-or-treating throughout the park <a href="" target="_blank">at this special ticketed event</a>. The Frightfully Fun Parade and Halloween Screams Fireworks, which are exclusive to party nights, bring revelry to Main Street, U.S.A. on select nights from mid-September through Halloween. Party admission also allows guests to enter a few hours early, giving them extra time to enjoy Halloween happenings offered daily to the public including the “Nightmare Before Christmas” takeover of Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy theming and plenty of seasonal souvenirs and stunning decor.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party</a> at Walt Disney World</h2><img alt="Main Street Disneyland Halloween party "src=""><p>Similar to Disneyland’s ticketed event, Disney’s Magic Kingdom is overtaken by supernatural thrills that are fun for the whole family <a href="" target="_blank">on select nights through October 31</a>. See the Headless Horseman ride through Frontierland during the Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, enjoy Happy HalloWishes fireworks above Cinderella Castle and catch the exclusive Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, heralded as one of Disney’s greatest live shows.</p><p>Even the rides are haunted: by special effects on Mad Tea Party, on-ride character appearances within Pirates of the Caribbean, and a spooky soundtrack on Space Mountain. With all-ages trick-or-treating, character meet-and-greets, and exclusive snacks and treats for sale, it’s one of the best ways to celebrate the season.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Six Flags Fright Fest</a></h2><img alt="Guests dressed up as zombies on a ride at Six Flags during Fright Fest "src=""><p>Zombies, ghosts, ghouls, clowns — this autumnal institution has all the classic spooks and then some at its terror-inducing evening events, offered on select nights at <a href="" target="_blank">all 11 Six Flags locations nationwide</a> through October. Prepare to encounter deadly scarecrows in a haunted maze, demonic doctors in run-down hospitals and even a “sewer of souls” at the parks’ many walk-through experiences, scare zones and live shows from coast to coast — if you dare. Don’t expect to find respite on those roller coasters, either, because Six Flags goes as far as to operate them without the lights on, plunging you deep into pure darkness on some of the nation’s most thrilling rides.</p><h2>Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio</h2><p>This kid-friendly take on fall’s most haunted holiday is offered on weekends throughout September and October at SeaWorld’s Texas, California and Florida parks. Each event is slightly different — San Diego’s boasts a <a href="" target="_blank">Sesame Street Halloween parade</a> and spooky theming on Manta roller coaster, while others have a <a href="" target="_blank">Sesame Street stage show</a> and San Antonio’s offers <a href="" target="_blank">a hay maze</a> — but with daytime trick-or-treating for kids, singing pumpkins and guests roaming about in costumes, it’ll provide loads of festive joy for little effort, since all activities are included with standard park admission.</p><h2>Brick-or-Treat at Legoland California and Florida</h2><img alt="Boy building a pumpkin out of Legos at Legoland Florida "src=""><p>Dress your family in their Halloween finest and prepare your Instagram feed for massive LEGO displays honoring the holiday, character meet-and-greets with LEGO Frankenstein and plenty of whimsical toy decor. Brick-or-Treat festivities at both theme parks include trick-or-treating for kids, entertainment and fireworks as well as fun festive live shows.</p><p>The party, which is included with admission <a href="" target="_blank">in Florida</a> and requires separate admission <a href="" target="_blank">in California</a>, is offered on select nights through October.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Knotts Scary Farm</a> at Knott’s Berry Farm</h2><p>The mazes at this annual Southern California event are famous for featuring sinister frights<a href="" target="_blank"> in hyper-detailed surroundings</a>, including an abandoned carnival home to demented clowns and creature-hunting within dark, deep caverns. Knott’s Berry Farm takes Halloween so seriously that realistic experiences are kicked up an extra notch; a haunted hospital maze features aerialists and stunt performers while an interactive zombie maze mixes laser tag with deathly haunts to bring video game-style thrills to life. Brave attendees can check out the scare zones, thrill rides and <a href="" target="_blank">heart-pounding attractions</a> on nights through October or as often as possible — Knott’s Berry Farm offers a season pass that’ll let guests enjoy each night of terror-filled mayhem for just $95.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Harvest Festival</a> at Dollywood</h2><p>This seasonal celebration at Dolly Parton’s Tennessee amusement park boasts Halloween happenings with a southern flair from September through early November. Dolly’s Southern Gospel Jubilee brings over 500 concerts to the theme park — all included with park admission — as well as country artisans, awe-inspiring autumnal decor and the holiday’s highlight: Great Pumpkin LumiNights. The <a href="" target="_blank">evening extravaganza</a> turns the park into a colorful array of pumpkin decor, oversized displays and moonlit surprises for a fear-free take on All Hallow’s Eve you won’t find anywhere else.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Howl-O-Scream</a> at SeaWorld San Antonio</h2><p>Along with its family-friendly weekend celebrations, the Texan theme park offers a frightening festival of haunted houses, scare zones and entertainment once the sun goes down on select nights between September 28 and October 28th. Be chased down by zombies, enter a nightmare-filled woods or brave the too-real-for-comfort Ripper Row, themed to London and its most sadistic villain, Jack The Ripper — it’s all <a href="" target="_blank">free with park admission</a>. And, if the realistic sights prove to be too terrifying, the Halloween stage shows, vampire bar and zombie watering hole should provide enough distraction.</p><h2>Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Williamsburg</h2><p>Frights and ghoulish delights of all shapes and sizes triumph at this Busch Gardens event catering to adults with a high tolerance for fear. Busch Gardens Williamsburg unleashes over a dozen nightmares upon its guests with seven horror-packed mazes and scare zones filled with jesters, axe-wielding Viking warriors and creepy clowns, while Busch Gardens Tampa’s terrors come by way of mazes themed to a haunted asylum, cursed bayou and deserted motel, along with festive live entertainment at both. Offered on select nights, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is <a href="" target="_blank">included with admission</a> and runs between September 15 and October 28; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s horrors reign between September 21 and October 28 and <a href="" target="_blank">separate admission is required</a>.</p>
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Your iPhone Notifications Will Be a Lot Less Annoying With iOS 12

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:45
<p>Your <a href="" target="_blank">iPhone</a> is about to go through some changes.</p><p>Apple’s newest mobile operating system, <a href="" target="_blank">iOS 12</a>, is ready to kick into action. One of the greatest changes in the new iOS will be the way your phone sends you notifications.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">People Are Sick of Seeing ‘Sent From My iPhone’ on Your Emails — Here's How to Change It</a></p><p>Say goodbye to the endless scroll of notifications from group chats, email and social media apps. Instead of the usual onslaught of notifications that happens, the new iOS will condense everything into a stack of alerts, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider</em> reported</a>. You can tap on the stack to view all the individual alerts or clear them all with a flick of the finger.</p><p>Your phone will also get a bit more intuitive with something called “instant tuning.” If there’s one app that you consistently ignore notifications from, your phone will notice. It will ask if you would prefer notifications to be delivered “quietly” (notifications still appear in the notification center but they won’t pop up on the lock screen with an alert) or if you’d rather turn off notifications for the app completely.</p><p>If you’re on a tight deadline, you can turn on the “do not disturb” function for one hour, until the evening or until you leave the office. You can also activate “bedtime mode” which will stop your phone from sending notifications during a pre-scheduled time (when you’re presumably asleep).</p><p>On the flip side, you will also be able to allow “critical alerts” to override your “do not disturb” settings. Select apps (currently limited to medical/health, home security and public safety alerts) can be set to notify you when something’s wrong, even when your phone is supposed to be quiet.</p><p>In order to install the <a href="" target="_blank">new iOS</a>, open your settings, tap “General,” and then tap “Software Update.” The iOS is compatible with iPhone versions 5S or later.</p>
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People Are Obsessed With This Super-comfy Amazon Maxi Dress That's Perfect for Travel

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:30
<p>There’s a reason why this dress has over 1,700 rave reviews — it’s just that good.</p><p><a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlperfecttraveldress-20&amp;linkId=52a78adf214555a3d6cf1375d8db189d&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Amazon</a> seller Grecerelle has made a <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlperfecttraveldress-20&amp;linkId=e1cc3151fb8dd032b5e51889e57b9ba3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">super-comfy maxi dress</a> that checks all the boxes for what makes a dress the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect travel dress</a>, from its versatile (and flattering) design that you can either dress up or down, to the super-soft fabric, to the weight of the <a href="" target="_blank">maxi silhouette</a> that makes it <a href="" target="_blank">less likely to wrinkle</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">16 Comfortable Dresses That Are Made to Travel In</a></p><p>Just ask the reviewers. Amazon user Nani Rodz stands at 5’2 and has found that the maxi length works for her, writing along with her five-star rating, “I love how it feels. It is a bit long, but I don’t mind. I was able to walk without tripping over the dress. It stretches and it’s roomy, in my opinion.”</p><img alt="Amazon Best-seller Travel Maxi Dress "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlperfecttraveldress-20&amp;linkId=e1cc3151fb8dd032b5e51889e57b9ba3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $17</p><p>Amazon user SMiss, who stands tall at 6’0, also agrees, writing, “I am often hesitant about maxi dresses because they’re always too short, but the length on these dresses is a dream. [If I wear] flat sandals, the dress hits right above the floor.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Everlane's New Jeans Are so Comfy, You Can Travel in Them</a></p><p>Other users praise the dress’s flattering versatility — from a large number of shoppers who came back to order more in several other colorways, to pregnant women who are looking to expand their maternity wardrobes.</p><p>Oh, and did we mention: The dress has pockets.</p><p>You can shop this best-selling maxi at <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlperfecttraveldress-20&amp;linkId=e1cc3151fb8dd032b5e51889e57b9ba3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, with prices starting at just $17.</p>
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The 2018 Autumn Equinox Is This Weekend — Here's What You Need to Know (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:20
<p> </p><p>No matter how much you like fall hikes, Halloween festivities, and visits to the apple orchard, the recent cold snap and <a href="" target="_blank">early launch of pumpkin spice lattes</a> may have you wondering where summer ran off to (and if you should feel that guilty about ordering that PSL).</p><p>Soon, you can embrace the season — and the warm boots, scarves, and cozy sweaters that come with it — without having to wonder if you're cheating on summer: This weekend marks the official start of fall.</p><h2>When is the first day of fall?</h2><p>The last day of summer is also the same as the first day of fall: Saturday, September 22. The first minute of fall, however, varies by time zone.</p><h2>What is the Autumn equinox?</h2><p>Also known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Autumnal equinox</a> and the fall equinox, the Autumn equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Farmer's Almanac</em></a>, both the Southern and Northern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunshine at this time, and day and night are of nearly equal length. The Northern Hemisphere will start seeing shorter days and longer nights, whereas the Southern Hemisphere will see a reversal in seasons due to the Earth's tilt.</p><h2>When does the Autumn equinox happen in 2018?</h2><img alt="Fall trees in Millennium Park in Chicago "src=""><p><strong>Central Time:</strong> If you live in Chicago or anywhere else in the Central Time Zone, expect the equinox at 8:54 p.m. CDT.</p><p><strong>Eastern Time:</strong> New York City, Boston, and other cities in the Eastern Time Zone will see the equinox at 9:54 p.m. EDT.</p><p><strong>Pacific Time:</strong> The first minute of fall in Los Angeles, Seattle, and other Pacific Time Zone cities is at 6:54 p.m. PDT.</p><p><strong>Mountain Time:</strong> Cities in the Mountain Time Zone, like Denver and Phoenix, will experience the equinox at 7:54 p.m. MDT.</p><h2>When do we fall back in 2018?</h2><p>In 2018, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4, so you have a few more weeks before you need to change your clocks and get that extra hour of sleep.</p><h2>Autumn equinox astrology</h2><p>On the Autumn equinox, the sun astrologically enters into the zodiac sign Libra. Her balanced scales mark the equal length of day and night on the first day of fall, as well as signify a need to<a href="" target="_blank"> balance the body, mind, and spirit with self care</a>.</p><p>Over time, the equinox has inspired <a href="" target="_blank">ancient</a><a href="" target="_blank"> mythologies and religious and cultural celebrations</a>. In Greek mythology, fall happens when the harvest goddess Demeter refuses to use her horticultural skills during her daughter’s annual trip to the underworld. Chinese and Vietnamese communities ring in fall with a Moon Festival, complete with mooncakes, lotus, and duck eggs. Japan, on the other hand, celebrates fall with Higan, a Buddhist celebration that invites people to remember loved ones who have passed.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Trip You Should Take This Fall, Based on Your Zodiac Sign</a></p><h2>When and where to see fall foliage in 2018</h2><img alt="Boston skyline and Charles river, Massachussets, USA. "src=""><p>While you might be sad to see your days at the pool come to an end, fall invites a whole host of fun activity for leaf peepers. Whether you are planning to <a href="" target="_blank">camp at a national park</a> or take a <a href="" target="_blank">train trip through New England</a>, this <a href="" target="_blank">fall foliage map</a> will tell you when the leaves peak in every U.S. county so you can see the fall colors in all their glory.</p><p>Of course, <a href="" target="_blank">New England</a> is not the only destination worth seeing this season. For a <a href="" target="_blank">less conventional fall venture</a>, why not head to Nevada, or even further afield to Wales or Croatia?</p><p>So say goodbye to 90 degree weather, pick up a pumpkin spice coffee, and get ready to embark on an <a href="" target="_blank">unbeliefable</a> adventure: Fall is finally here.</p>
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Hackers Are Selling Stolen Airline Miles on the Dark Web — Here's How to Protect Yours

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:38
<p>Internet thieves are stealing airline miles and selling them on the dark web, <a href="" target="_blank">according to a study from technology and research firm Comparitech.</a></p><p>Using phishing scams, hackers are gaining access to airline loyalty accounts and draining them of their points. Thieves can then either sell access to the account or transfer the points directly to another account.</p><p>While the value of miles varies from airline to airline, Comparitech estimates that the typical airline point is worth about two cents. The price for miles on the dark web is far below that. Comparitech found sales of 100,000 British Airways miles for $124 and 100,000 Emirates Skywards for $520 (at current bitcoin exchange rates). Delta and British Airways were among the most commonly-found miles for sale on the dark web.</p><p>We don’t recommend buying these miles, though. Stolen airline miles are not the key to finally getting <a href="" target="_blank">elite frequent flier status</a>. If you get caught purchasing stolen miles, an airline could freeze your account and take away all your points, even the ones you earned legally. Airlines can also cancel any future bookings you may have with them.</p><img alt="Man Using Mobile Phone in Cape Town Airport "src=""><p>In order to protect your own miles against theft, Comparitech recommends you shred boarding passes after each flight, <a href="" target="_blank">avoid putting your frequent flier number on your baggage tags</a> and to not use a public Wi-Fi connection to access your airline account.</p><p>To add an extra layer of security to your accounts, use a unique password for each of your loyalty programs. Once a hacker finds one password, they can often break into multiple accounts using the same password.</p>
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Harry Potter Fans Can Enjoy a Magical Christmas Dinner at Hogwarts Again This Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:20
<p>Starting mid-November, <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter</a> fans will be able to see some of the film’s most iconic sets <a href="" target="_blank">transformed into winter wonderlands</a> when <a href="" target="_blank">The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter</a> brings back its <a href="" target="_blank">Hogwarts in the Snow</a> experience.</p><p>The studio tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the impressive special effects and secrets used on set, will be filled with holiday cheer from Nov. 17 through Jan. 27, 2019.</p><p>Starting in the Great Hall, visitors will see the stage decorated exactly as it was for the memorable Yule Ball, with shimmering silver, sparkling snow, and hanging icicles bringing the fictional event to life.</p><p>Trees will surround the Great Hall, and its long tables will be covered in set props including cherry-studded hams, roast turkeys, and Christmas puddings just like the festive feasts in the films. An orchestra will bring even more magic to the scene. </p><img alt="Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Hogwarts Christmas Holiday "src=""><p>Christmas festivities will be happening on most sets within the studio tour, including the Gryffindor common room and the boys' dormitory, where handmade holiday cards made by cast members will hang.</p><p>Snow will also be hand-sprinkled onto the fantastical Hogwarts castle model, and lit fireplaces throughout the tour will add to the cozy atmosphere. </p><img alt="Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Hogwarts Christmas Holiday "src=""><p>For three special nights, visitors can also take part in a Christmas meal in the Great Hall. The dinner series, available on Dec. 10, 11, and 12, includes everything from welcome drinks and canapes to wands for personal magic-making. </p><p>Grand dishes like baked wild mushroom gnocchi and butter roasted, pork-stuffed turkey will be served.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Bookshop's Design Is So Stunning, It’s Rumored To Have Inspired J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Locations</a></p><p>Dinner guests will also get sweets treats like Christmas pudding at Platform 9 ¾ and a glass of <a href="" target="_blank">Butterbeer</a> before exploring Diagon Alley. They'll wrap up the night with music and dancing.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tickets</a><a href="" target="_blank"> for Hogwarts in the Snow</a> are currently available starting at about $51 per adult, and tickets for dinners in the Great Hall go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Sept. 25, with prices starting at about $316 per person. Guests at the dinner events must be 18 or older.</p>
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